WASHINGTON — Pro-Russian military forces continue to pressure Ukrainian military personnel stationed in Crimea while the West watches and discusses possible sanctions against Russia.
Reuters reported that “a pro-Russian force opened fire in seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea” while NATO announced reconnaissance flights in Poland and Hungary.
Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, are not backing down from occupying the Crimean peninsula. Putin’s reasoning is to protect the ethnic Russian population from Ukraine, which the West and Ukraine condemn as an excuse to possibly annex the region.
A group of Ukrainian activists tried to show solidarity with those opposing the Russian military takeover, but were rebuffed by men dressed in uniforms of the outlawed riot police. Apparently, one fired on the activists and hit a man in the chest with rubber bullets.
In other news, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that the West will not look for military action, but wanted sanctions or other diplomatic solutions (according t the German newspaper Bild).